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it's going to feel like spring starting off with drying conditions, although many of the roads are still wet from the heavy downpours and the thunder and lightning overnight. all the rain is gone. skies have cleared up. we do have patchy dense fog, especially in frederick county, maryland. fog is up to a quarter of a mile there in many locations. closer to washington, patchy fog in the rural areas. right now in fairfax county it's in the low 50s to mid-50s. also in arlington, montgomery, and prince george's county. upper 50s to near 60. also in fredericksburg to charlottesville. much of the shenandoah valley, mid-50s. that's where there's also dense fog. as the day progresses we should have plenty of sunshine. fog should dissipate by mid morning. a mostly sunny, mild, breezy, blustery afternoon.
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we'll have the winds gusting to around 30 miles an hour, but it will be mild. temperatures in the near 60s to near 70 degreeings by this f an. we'll look at the evening planner in ten minutes. good morning, danella. >> good morning. we'll take a look at travel speeds. along bw parkway, no issues. as you make your way southbound at 32, you're at 55 miles per hour. continuing southbound past 197 through laurel, you're at 52 miles an hour. i-95, no issues there as well. here's a live look at 216. travel speeds as you make your way southbound from 216 to the beltway, you're at 64 miles an hour. on the rails, marc is opening with a 15-minute delay with train number 401. no reported delays on the metro or the vre. joe, over to you. >> danella, thanks very much. new developments on the massive storm system that slammed the midwest and the south. the death toll rose overnight. officials in eastern tennessee say three people were killed in
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the powerful storms, six people died in illinois and three in missouri. that brings the total number of dikts to 12. >> at least 20 tornadoes spawned. the first touched down in kansas, a small town of just 300. the local sheriff says between 40 and 60% of the town is gone. as of now no deaths have been reported there. preliminary reports show winds may have reached 130 miles an hour. at least four tornadoes spawned in missouri. most of those in the resort town of branson. several theaters that bring in thousands of tourists each year were damaged by the ef-2 twister. winds of up to 130 miles an hour. it also hit. the hardest hit was harrisburg, illinois. ef-4 tornado hit the town of 9,000 just before dawn. winds reaching 170 miles an
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hour. left a path of destruction. over 100 residents there were injured by the storm. the threat is not over. another severe storm system could hit the midwest between today and tomorrow and more tornados are a real possibility for the area just beginning to recover. >> the man believed to be the east coast rapist will appear in court tonight. aaron thomas is accused of rapes and attacks on at least 17 women up and down the east coast including maryland and virginia. the case was postponed until today. thomas was arrested and is being held in connecticut but they hope to transfer him back to prince william county. he faces charges of attacking three girls there in 2009. if convicted, he faces life in prison. today governor o'malley plans to sign a bill that legalizes same-sex marriage in the state of maryland.
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it makes maryland the eighth state in the country to legalize same-sex marians. unions are also legal in the district. opponents are one step closer to getting it on the november ballot, including language they use. they're collecting signatures. there must be 56,000 signatures on it. >> d.c.ers are tries to make it easier to own a gun. a number of people have complained that registering a gun is too difficult. they have to get ownership train, it would cut down on reregistration and eliminates restrictions on the types of ammunition. today president obama will be in new hampshire to once again push his energy and economic plans. this is the second time the president has visited new hampshire in the past few
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months, and it is setting up to be a crucial swing state in the general election. right now 46% of the state's residents approve of his handling of the economy. that's up from 37% in october. the president's approval ratings are at a one-year high. he scores a minus 21 in the nbc -- msnbc voter confidence index. it looks at the president's job approval number, the direction of the country, and voters' preference for which parties should control congress. the closer the index gets to zero, the better chance the president has to be re-elected. president obama hit minus 63 last september, a low for his term, compared to george w. bush who had minus 11 right before he was elected in 2004. maryland state police shot and killed a man trying to get away from officers on the eastern shore. last night they were checking out a suspicious person. police say once officers
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arrived, the man drove away. the police chased him and deployed devices to flatten his tire. he then crashed into a ditch. two troopers then fired shots at the wreckage in the ditch. the driver was hit and pronounced dead at the scene. the man's identity has not been released. investigators have determined that a fire that injured seven prince george's county firefighters was intentionally sechlt investigators also think the same arsonist who set this fire set a fire at the house next door a few weeks ago. one firefighter, 26-year-old kevin o'toole remains in the hospital from injuries he suffered in the fire. at the last check he is still listed in critical condition. 5:06. putting an end to their ordeal. the help cruise passengers are receiving right now finally making it to dry land. >> a greeting card, they're now
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apologizing. >> the rain is gone, now the warm-up begins. we'll show you how long it will stick around next with your
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first day of march but maybe not since it's first day of meteorological spring. tom kier reasonable is live weather. >> it's tlike the first day of spring. burke, clifton, poolesville, the sky is clearing out and temperatures in the low to mid-50s. and farther north from north central maryland to the west, watch out for the fach. elsewhere watch out for the fog. sun rise at 6:40. sunny and cool morning in the mid-50s by 9:00. the fog should be gone by then. hitting the 60s this afternoon. near 70 in the south. we'll have winds picking up, too, this afternoon, gusting to around 30 miles an hour. here's the evening planner. 6:01. a clear and cool evening. getting chilly by midnight. down to the 40s by then.
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a look at friday and the weekend in ten minutes. danella, how's traffic? >> if you're traveling the outer loop of the beltway, be careful. have a report of a disabled car. this is the look. be on the lookout just in case. traveling along i-95, i am seeing fog on i-95 right along the occocquan. no major delays just yet and your travel speed looks to be about 61 miles an hour, taking 11 minutes to get from the occocquan to the beltway. give yourself extra time this morning in case you're traveling through foggy areas. on the rail to the marc, the delays are down just a bit, ten minutes on the pen south train number 401. metro and vre aren't reporting any delays. >> 5:11. 57 degrees. ahead on "news 4 today," trying to restore a routine. the steps being taken to welcome students back to the scene of the deadly school shooting. >> plus a new round of criticism from mitt romney. the comment that has
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new this morning, the italian cruise line arrived to port with no power. more than 1,000 people including americans walkered off tired. the average age of the passengers is 55 years old. a french fishing boat towed the ship. today the prosecutors are expected to charge a teenager with the shooting at the school on monday. t.j. lane opened fire at the chardon high school. five students were shot, three were killed. one of the two survivors is
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recovering in the hospital. prosecutors are expected to ask that lane be tried as an adult. students and parents will return to school to meet with grief counselors today and classes will resume tomorrow. some u.s. and foreign advisers are returned to afghanistan this morning after being evacuated because of anti-american protests. hundreds were forced to leave the country nearly a week ago after two american soldiers were killed during protests over the burning of korans at a u.s. base. they have now approved the return of selected personnel but would not elaborate further. the advisers are helping to prepare afghan security forces to take more responsibility. north korea's top nuclear negotiator is headed to the u.s. next week. reyoung ho is expected to come next week. under the terms of that deal, the u.s. will provide food aid in exchange for a suspension of uranium enrichment and a
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moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile testing by north korea. today the senate is expected to vote on legislation that challenges president obama's mandate that health insurance cover the cost of contraceptives. they want to allow insurers to opt out of any health care law that they object to because of moral or religious believes. that includes the cost of contraception. democrats say it's an effort to limit access to birth control. mitt romney is now backing away from a comment he made opposing the republican-supported bill. he says that he misunder a question asked about the legislate during an interview with the ohio news network. this is the answer that he gave initially. >> i'm not for the bill, but, look, the idea of presidential candidates getting into questions about contraception within a relationship between a man and a woman, a husband and wife, i'm not going there.
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>> romney later said he misunderstood the question and does support the bill. he said he thought the interviewer was asking about a state law that free scented people from getting contraception. conservatives, though, are already criticizing romney over his initial comments saying that it is a clear indication that he's more liberal than he claims to be. the air force is blaming the pentagon for the dumping of some remains from the 9/11 attacks on the pentagon in a virginia land phil. the air force's top general says the actions taken by the mortuary at dover air force base were based on instructions from david chu. he was the pentagon personnel chief under then defense secretary donald rumsfeld. chu has not commented about the allegations. egypt has lifted a travel ban on a group of pro-american activists. they and eries were charged with illegally obtained funds to help the rebel uprising. it is not clear when they will
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leave the country. the u.s. was upset over the arrest and threatened to cut off over billion dollars in aid to egypt. president obama hored the military men and women who serve. about 80 veterans from all ranks and branches of the armed forces attended a dinner. a captain from d.c. was among those represented. some criticized it saying one meal is not enough. they're asking for a national day of action. the white house says the dinner is meant to inspire towns across the country to thank our troops. well, today the national park service will predict the peak bloom for the cherry blossoms. this year marks the 100th anniversary japan gave the u.s. the gift of those trees. the cherry blossom festival will kick off march 27th and run through april 27th.
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first lady michelle obama will chair. >> i have lived here my entire life. it's the most stunning scene. i never get tired of going down there. >> it's worth the trip. >> it is. >> i go down there at dawn frequently. it is just gorgeous. don't tell anybody because it's nice and quiet. >> don't go there in the middle of the day on saturday. it's crazy out there. tom, nice day. >> it's going feel like spring. the early left bloom on record was march 17th. so it can happen that early. that was back in the year 2000. it is feeling like a springlike morning in the wake of those nocturnal thunderstorms that are long gone now. we still have some patchy dense fog. hagerstown, 41. 37, martinsburg, and out in cumberland, 41. all these areas have dense fog. elsewhere have some patchy fog across the rural areas of
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maryland and west virginia. we're in the 50s. much of southern maryland, northern neck, eastern shore, near 60. near 60 through central virginia. sky begins to clear out. there's the fog in the northern panhandle of west virginia. now for today, the sun rooez, that's coming at 6:40. we'll have a sunny and cool morning after the fog dissipates by mid morning. we'll still be in the mid-50s. hitting the 60s. winds increasing and a lot of sunshine. winds may be gusting to 30 miles an hour. then they diminish tonight under a clear sky. we'll be down to mid-40s by midnight. then mid-30s by dawn on friday. tomorrow afternoon, 50s to near 60 with increasing cloud. friday night might get light rain. rain likely on saturday. maybe thunder and lightning too. looks like late in norng, early afternoon in ta name frame we'll be hitting mid-60s. mostly cloudy, highs near 50. a lot of sun returning monday, tuesday, wednesday, but still
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chilly. and dandanella, how's traffic. >> good morning. if you're traveling along the beltway, we'll check travel speeds. at landover road, westbound you're at 62 miles an hour. continuing your trip at kenilworth avenue, 60 miles an hour. a live look at 301 outside the beltway. travel lanes are open. if you're traveling east and west on route 50. >> no issues here. only taking eight minutes to get from 301 to the beltway. i have to tell you, please slow down. i'm seeing wet roadways. right now the travel lanes are open. give yourself extra time this morning. joe and eun, back over to you. >> the wizards' losing streak is now at six games. the magic came to town and handed washington their sixth straight loss. 102-95 at the verizon center. john wall picked up the slack and had a game-high 33 points.
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there were also fireworks between trevor booker and jason richardson who both got technicals for a little scuff. the cleveland cavaliers come to washington on saturday. it was actually worse for the terps down in north carolina. they passed them 88-64. unc went on to a 16-0 run to start the second half to put the game out of reach. the terps will finish up the regular season at home sunday against virginia. go, terps. >> sort of. heads-up to anyone who yooss google or any of its services. the internet giants is making major change s ts to its privac policies. it will provide more personal results. those who use g-mail, google+,
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maps, they'll use more. the cell phonies auto correct is to blame for a scare that locked two schools in georgia. someone received a text that read "gunman to be at west hall today." west hall is the name of a high school and middle school, so the police rushed to the schools and locked them down. police eventually tracked down the text to a student and determined that the student meant to send a text. he also typed a wrong number. target is pulling a greeting card from its cells. quote, next time you consider dating the bad boy, consider whitney houston. that's all i'm going to say. target said the card was on sale before houston died. ♪ hey hey we're the monkees.
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. this morning davy jones who was the front man for the 1960s band, the monkees. he died of a heart attack yesterday in florida. the monkees were created from a tv show meant to capitalize on the success of the beatles, but the group bane a phenomen-- bec phenomenon in its own right. they had six hits including "daydream believer." davy jones was 66 years old. >> very popular band. >> incredibly popular. they say he was more popular then than justin beaveieber is today. coming up, matt lauer's exclusive interview with lindsay lohan. >> she's trying to make a comeback this weekend at "saturday night live." lohan says she is sober and
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she's avoiding clubs and late-night parties. >> that's not my thick anymore. i went out actually a few months ago with a friend and i was so uncomfortable, not because i felt tempted. just because it was the same thing that it always was before and it just wasn't fun for me. i've become more of a home body and i like that. >> you can watch the full interview starting at 7:00 right here on nbc 4. 5:26 is our time. coming up, don't forget your quarters. the change is now in effect for some people who park in the district. a billboard at a metro [ female announcer ] with xfinity, you can always expect more. like more on demand shows and movies than ever. and more ways to discover them too. plus more speed from america's fastest internet provider. so you can run more devices at the same time. ♪ feel a firework [ female announcer ] and best of all, it keeps getting better. no wonder more people choose xfinity
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new rules are out, now in effect in the park district. what you need to know to avoid getting a ticket. good morning. i'm eun yang. >> good morning. i'm joe krebs. welcome to "news 4" on this thursday, the first day of march. new from overnight, the death toll continues to rise from the huge storm system that spawned aet least 20 tornados in the midwest and south. officials in eastern tennessee say three people were killed in the powerful storms. six people died in illinois and three in missouri, bringing the total number of deaths to 12.
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more violent weather could come today and tomorrow in parts of the central and southern u.s. we'll have more on the tornadoes in just a moment, but first of all, let's get our forecast for here, and here's tom. >> it's quite a storm. it's the same system that gave us the thunderstorms last night, unloaded quite a bit of rain. we had as much as an inch and a half to two inches of rain, especially in northern parts of montgomery county. now those waters are receding thankfully and the skies are clearing out, but the low levels, we've got fog. we can see that there. the live view from our city camera. there's patchy dense fog. watch out for that. temperature, 54 now at reagan national with calm wind. much of the fog we have now is very thick. in the panhandle of west virginia it's chilly, 40 degrees. closer to washington, we're in the mid-50s. a little bit to our south it's
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650 degrees. there's a view from space. a clear sky over the fog. and as the morning progresses, the fog gone by about 9:00 and it will be a sunny, cool morning, but then mild by noontime. low 60s. may hit mid- and upper 60s. winds may gust p up to 30 miles an hour, lots of sunshine. look at the evening planner in ten minutes. danella has look at our thursday morning commute. good morning. >> good morning. if you're crossing over, look for a disabled vehicle in the right shoulder lane. not slowing down but be aware. traveling the beltway and prince george's county, not seeing any problem for you. volume is inkruming but travel speed still pretty good. if you're taking the inner loop, you're at 61 miles an hour from i-95 to route 50. that trip taking only nine minutes. pen south train number 401, you have a seven min delay and six-minute delay on number 403.
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joe and eun, back over to you. people in one of the hardest hit communities, harrisburg, illinois, are trying to clean up the damage there. the city's under a dust to dawn curfew after the ef-2 hit yesterday moving. six people were killed and more than 100 people were injury. an estimate 2d 50 250 to 300 homes were damaged. winds of more than 170 miles an hour whipped through town bringing down almost everything in sight. >> overturned semis and cars. pant buildings shredded to bits. >> we've lot children, loved ones, part of our family here in this community. >> a tornado ripped through the music town of branson, missouri. it ripped off the roof of some of their theaters. more than 30 people were injured, mostly with cuts and
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bruises. while storms are hitting the midwest, they're hitting here. harford, connecticut, received two to four inches of snow. some areas could see as much as 10 inches. the same storm system left behind a mess in the upper midwest. heavy snow and winds near 60 miles an hour hammered duluth, minnesota. anywhere from a foot to 167 inches fell in the region. there's also some ice that caused widespread power outages. >> the huge system brought us rain. this morning fire crews are on standby after two drivers got stuck in rising floodwaters. the first ins accident happened around 7:45. 20 minutes later they were called to barnesville and old west baltimore road because a second driver got stuck. no one was injured. rescue workers tell us drivers tried to plow through roads and
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it flooded out their cars. >> turn around, don't drown. if you have water across the roadway, any type of roadway, interstate, back road, paved road, just stop. don't drive through it. >> the flooded intersection was closed for a short time as a precaution. we're hearing from a whoim who says two police impersonators robbed her and her family at gunpoint. they say the men had a fake search warrant and once inside the men stole about $13,000 in cash and jewelry. we talked to a woman who was inside the home at the time. we're not showing her face to protect her identity. >> i opened the door, and they, you know -- one guy have gun and other have knife, you know. gun, you know, he's got a mask and gun. he goes upstairs. >> police say the incident appears to be isolated.
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they also say someone living in that home is awaiting trial on bank robbery charges. partisan politics could put virginia in jeopardy. they failed to reach an agreement on a new state budget. they rejected a spending plan. and republican governor bill bowling does not have authority to break a tie. the funding package would have kept virginia operating through the middle of 2014. if no deal is reached by the end of 2014, the state could shut down. this morning appears a controversi controversial ad features. the ad includes a profane way to tell the president where to go. virginia congressman jim moran wrote a letter to many trow asking for the ad to be taken down because the ad is offensive. "news 4" spoke with the man on the phone behind the ad. >> i'm going to fight social
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lieszed medicine with everything i got, and my movie "sick & sicker" does that. it shows where we're going in this country. >> this is an inappropriate ad. if this gets allowed, it's going to be a signal to others to put even more inappropriate ads on public property. >> the ad is posted at the end of the platform at the clair don metro station. they're protected by free speech and they cannot turn down political ads based on political content. beginning today, they will crack down on those parking in the parking meters with red. >> reporter: if you haven't seen them, here they are. these are the redtop meters, and you're going to find them in the central business districts of d.c. and throughout the federal corridors as well.
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they have a red top and a marking on the side showing you it's for handicap mark. but know they don't have any marks on the road wairks just on the meter itself. here's the deal. these are reserving space with people for actual handicap plates or a black card that is an official black card to park here reserving for them only unlike the blue tops where anyone can park through be if but if you have a disability you could park for free. what's goinging on, if you hav park, you have to pay but you get an extended period of time. you can park for four hours but you're going to have pay for the four hours. now, the district of columbia is saying this system will be easier for everyone to understand including folks with disabilities and will also allow them more access. if you park here illegally, your vehicle could be towed or you could be looking at a fine for up to $250 for packing in a
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reserving space for disabilities. tracee wilkins reporting live from the southwest. back to you. >> thanks very much. our time right now is 5:37. trying to ease the backlash. the steps one councilwoman is taking after driving more than 100 miles an hour on the beltway. paying the price for ignoring school buses. the fine drivers could soon be hit with if they're caught going around the school bus. >> march is starting out more like a lamb than a line, but how long will the warm
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roadway. not seeing any issues but on the rails, a five-minute delay. joe and eun, back to you. >> thank you, danella. our time is 5:41. challenging the president's citizenship. the latest person to challenge the authenticity of president obama's birth certificate. plus, pay more to fly. p[ male announcer ]ly. this was how my day began. a little bird told me about a band... ♪ an old man shared some fish stories... ♪ oooh, my turn. ♪ she was in paris, but we talked for hours... everyone else buzzed about the band.
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good morning and welcome back to the debate over president obama's birth sirte may be about to resurface thanks to the arizona sheriff who calls himself the toughest sheriff. joe arpaio is about to release the preliminary results of his investigation into the authenticity of the president's birth certificate, arpaio is
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facing legal problems of his own, including a federal grand jury investigation over the charge of misyou of authority. karen towles was clocked at goes 100 miles an hour. the officer who stopped her and gave her a ticket but only a warning for speeding. prince george's county says the officer did not get a chance to get an official radar reading on councilwoman toles. >> he didn't get time to establish a good pace of the vehicle that he eventually stopped. >> toles' constituents are not please. toles told "news 4," quote, in addition to paying the appropriate fine, i will not be drienging a county-owned vehicle
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until voluntarily competing a driver improvement course to ensure my safety and the safety of others. >> this morning police in lawyer, marylandings are trying to identify a man critically injured. police say a white van jumped the curb striking a man. the force of impact threw the man down the enbankment into a parking lot. the van was last seen taking off eastbound down 198. police arrested 28-year-old charles and changed him with seven different charges including first degree burg lary and second-degree assault. they say wednesday morning he snuck into a girls' dorm at cumber land hal and tried to steal a girl's laptop. she woke up to a man touchling her thigh. he said he walked in by mistake and left. police saw two suspicious people
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walking around the dom tomorrow walking around checking doorknobs. >> today the man known as the aspen hills rapist will be nation counts. he was connected to the rapes back in in 2009 when a federal grant allowed them to reopen the cases. he's sundaying three concurrent life sentences for a string of rapes in 1983. he could be sentenced to a mauks mum of two more life sentences today. former marine torres could face the death penalty. he's accusing of killing 20-year-old navy petty officer amanda jean snell. she was found dead at her barracks alt henderson hall back in 2009. the government will pursue the death penalty in the case. he was also convicted in 2010 of abducting and raping one woman. he's also being investigated for murdering two girls near chicago
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in 2005. it is illegal to pass a stopped school bus in montgomery county but hundreds of drivers are not following the law. take a look at this camera. they show driver after driver passing school buses when the stop sign is out, fully deployed. next week the county is expected to vote on a bill that would authorize a program that similar to red light and speed camera programs. automated cameras would take pictures of cars that pass illegally and then ticketed would be sent out in the mail. drivers could be fined up to $250. police in the district will soon receive a new breathalyzer divide. police chief cathy lanier says the department will receive the devices next month. they stopped using them two years ago when they were flawed. hundreds of cases were questioned because of false readings. lanier says new breathalyzers
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have been delayed in part because the district has to make sure the dmu devices match district law requirements. virginia law has approved a plan that gives tax credits for donations to scholarship programs to private. it's for low income children. the bill allows businesses and corp ralgss to right off 65 centses for each dollar donated. the bill now heads to governor bob mcdonnell's desk. starting today, street sweepers will be out in the district. they're advising you to look for signs in the neighborhood telling you the days and times of street sweeping. while street sweeping season begins today, you will not receive a parking ticket for violating the signs until march 12th. the sweepers will be cleaning up the streets through october. and speaking of sweeping up the old and in with the new. as my mother used to say when she discovered i had thrown a ball in the house and broken a
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lamp, now, you've done it. i'm going to retire at the end of this month, on the 30th of march, the end of the month. and that day will actually mark 32 years since i first walked into this building on nebraska avenue. i'll have much more to say later in the month, but i just want to say what an enormous privilege it has been to work here with so many wonderful people. they are all bright and talented and dedicated, and they are incredibly hard-working. and they're also very, very nice. but even more important, i want to say what a privilege it has been to be allowed into your homes on a daily basis for the last 18 years. you're the reason why we do what we do, and i just want to say thank you very much. as i said, i'll have more to say later on. but i do want to say sitting in this chair on the first of april, the second of april, that will be a monday will be aaron gilchrist. and i'm honored to have him follow me in this chore, this job, this wonderful job. it's been great career and it's
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great role to have anchoring the morning news. so it will be a privilege to sit next to you. >> joe, i have to say thank you. it's been a privilege to sit next to you. you are the best in the business. just a superb human being, and i just feel so lucky to have had the chance to work with you for a couple of years. you're such a great role model. i admire you for so many reasons . i know everyone in the station and community feels the same way. >> well, thank you. >> i don't want to feel bulbry. >> fine, fine. that's all well and good. you're not going. we're not going to let him go. >> i'll get the chain. you get the lock that at least for 30 days. >> force of habit. we've got to have you here. we're going to really miss you, joe. here this morning we're dealing with the aftermath of the big
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storms that hit yesterday evening. they unloaded a lot of rain. they had flooding. now the waters are receding. the sky is clearing out. thankfully a lot of the fog we've had around in the last couple of hours is beginning to break up a bit here in washington. it was pretty thick an hour ago. but right now visibility is clearing. 52 at reagan national. as we look at temperatures, it is chilly up along the pennsylvania border. closer to washington and arlington, fairfax, montgomery, prince george's county, we're in the low to mid-50s now. the fog is rather dense, especially right near the tidal potomac and around the bay too. watch out for dense fog. southern bay, central virginia. the fog is not too bad there. just a third of a mile visibility. half a mile in gaithersburg. farther to the north, there's dense fog. visibility now a third of a mile. and there are all those storms we had last night. they're long gone. over the fog, the sky is
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clearing out. we'll have sunshine where there's no fog this morning. sunrise is at 6:40. most of the fog should be gone by 8:00 or 9:00 this morning. then, into the 60s this afternoon. today marks the 1st. it's going to feel like it. later this afternoon we'll drop out of the 60s, dow to the 50s through the evening. 40s by midnight and all the way boo is 30s by dawn tomorrow. increasing clouds on friday and maybe rain friday evening. high near 60 tomorrow. maybe some thunder and lightning too. then chilly weather moves in. mostly cloudy. highs near 50 after a cold start and chilly monday danella, how's traffic? >> we have good news approaching connecticut avenue. we had an zunlt but it's out of the roadway, you can see we're looking good. smooth trip on the beltway. checking i-270. now issues there to connect to the spur. if you're traveling, just a
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little under speed. 47 miles an hour as you head westbound, kwenilworth avenue. i can tell your volume is increase but no major delays just yet. the good news no accidents aet this time. on the rail, still seeing a minor delay. penn south, tra just five minut. >> an about-face from virginia's attorney general on the state funding for the dulles rail project. he says the state can withhold $150 million for the project in which the metropolitan washington airport's authority requires contractors to use union labor or giv a bonus to those who use union labor. cuche nelly says they cannot hold it because it's a regional body, not at a state agency. the airport's authority backed away from requiring them to use unions. instead they plan to give them an advantage if they do use
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union labor. starting today airtran will require overweight passengers to buy two seats if they cannot fit into one. the rule applies to passengers who cannot sit in one seat with the arm rest down. this policy follows southwest airlines' rule. the two are in the process of merging. this marks the 100th anniversary the japan gave the u.s. the gift of cherry blossom gift. >> what a beautiful gift. what everyone wants to know, when will blossoms bloom? megan mcgrath is live this morning. good morning. are you seeing any buds yet? >> reporter: we're seeing tightly clamped buds here. you can see it's already begun. they're very close, so we're not seeing them starting to pop open. that's good news. this is a big year for the cherry blossom festival. it's the centennial and of course everyone wants to see the
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blossoms during the festival. it's five week this year. it begins on march 20th. we've had this warm weather. a lot of folks are concerns that the blossoms may open early and peak before the festival happens. we're waiting for the prediction later on today. 10:30. that's when the experts with the national park service are going to give their prediction for the peak bloom period. thousands of people come from all around the world to see the cherry blossoms, so a lot of interest of exactly when that peak bloom will be and what the forecast is in terms of the weather and how that might push things around. we're going fw watching it. live from the tidal basin, megan mcgrath, "news 4." >> this time of day is the time to go down. >> avoid the crowds. >> avoid the crowds. ahead, now's the chance to throw your name in the hat for some of the hottest tickets in town. and for the first time we're hearing the stories of what life was like onboard that broken
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